Agape is a well-known, non-profit, charitable organization that is dedicated to helping less-fortunate families in the Laval community. Since 1976, various fundraisers have aided in providing lower-income families with food, clothing, toys and other items. This year, NSA students will be participating in Agape’s mission to offer gifts to the less-fortunate. Each student will be giving a gift to a child between the ages of 12 and 17. We ask that these gifts remain unwrapped. Non-perishable items such as spaghetti sauce, fruit cups, pudding, and Jell-o are also appreciated. Join NSA in supporting Agape this Christmas season!
Please join us for the next Parent Committee meeting on Wednesday, November 16th, 2011 @ 7:00PM. This is an open committee, so every parent is welcome – and encouraged! – to attend.
1) Business arising from previous meeting
2) Fund Raising for St-Eustache Hospital
3) Community Service
4) Summer Reading
Following are the responses from the questions/issues raised during last month’s meeting:
1) Define & clarify the purpose, roles and functions of the Parent Committee.
The Parent Committee will assist teachers and staff in planning and preparing school activities; they will encourage other parents to volunteer their time or other resources.
The Parent Committee will represent all parents in voicing concerns that may be raised about school life. It should be noted that the Parent Committee is not the place to address individual cases; these should be taken up privately with the school’s administration.
The Parent Committee will bring suggestions to the school’s administration concerning school life. The curriculum is not open to discussion, as this is strictly controlled by the Quebec Minister of Education.
The Parent Committee will plan & drive fundraising activities.
The Parent Committee will help, as much as it can, in the marketing efforts of the school in order to help it gain attention and recognition.
2) June Final Exam grades: some questions had been raised about how the exams are graded vs. the final term grade. This will be explained.
Starting this year, the exam grades will be given in the comment section of the report card.
3) NSAL Web Site: summer updates could have been done to keep parents abreast of news, as well as remind them of important points.
Mrs. Pepin admitted that not many updates were done during the summer period. She enured that this would not be the case going forward and that more information would be disseminated via the site next summer.
4) Parent Committee fee: every family is required to pay $200 per year. Mrs. Pepin will detail how these funds have been/will be used.
Mrs. Pepin explained that the bulk of the revenue from this payment goes towards transportation: for the ski club, soccer games, gym class, activities. The school had considered purchasing a bus, and although the bus itself was affordable, the permits required to go to each municipality made the idea prohibitive.
5) Phys. Ed. vs. Art: several parents have raised the point that art classes are much more frequent than phys. ed. Mrs. Pepin will explain why that is.
Mrs. Pepin explained that this “imbalance” was in fact due to guidelines coming from the Quebec Ministry of Education resulting from the School Reform Act.
6) Music: several parents have asked why the music program is no longer available.
Student interest in the music program was not as great as anticipated; more of them preferred the art program. Music is now available as an extra-curricular activity for those students who would like to participate.
Perhaps the first Canadian military heroine was not enlisted, but enlisted courage and determination to deliver crucial information in the battle of 1812. Her name, Laura Secord, is in every mall in this country, and she was perhaps the first Canadian woman to change military history.
The history of Canadian service women is an important part of our national military heritage.
This month, Canadians from coast to coast to coast will celebrate the progress made in the name of women’s equality. We will reflect on the challenges they face and consider future steps in achieving equality for all women, in all aspects of their lives. We all have a role to play in providing leadership as we continue to strive towards that goal.
By the Second World War the role of women was more broad. You could not know the full story of the campaigns of Italy and Hong Kong without understanding the struggle and sacrifice of our nursing sisters Approximately 50,000 women served in the Second World War, 8,000 serving overseas.
It is crucial to remember our Canadian women who were also held as prisoners suffering every hardship that other Canadians endured in those camps. Their survival was a victory of character. And a triumph of spirit.
Of course, when speaking about service in war time, we cannot forget the contributions women made at home. During the Second World War, women worked in munitions plants and factories, making uniforms, ships, tanks and planes. For the first time ever, no one asked whether a woman could do a man’s job.
Instead, they asked how many jobs could a woman do at the same time.
Today, I think of the proud and fearless strong women who stood, and still stand, shoulder to shoulder with their male counterparts to defend the values we all share. On behalf of all Canadians, we thank them for their military service and for making their mark on this country.
The success of these women helped pave the way for Canadian women in the services as well as in the civilian world.
They served so that we may all live in a country with the freedom to choose our destiny.
We are inspired by their achievements.
We are humbled by their sacrifice.
We will remember them.
On November 12th, 2011 North Star Academy will be welcoming our 2011 graduates for their convocation ceremony. The ceremony will he held at North Star Academy Laval as of 2pm. We are looking forward in welcoming back our former students and to discover how their journey has commenced.
To all parents
To all school staff members
SUBJECT: IMPORTANT MESSAGE CONCERNING MEASLES
Since April 2011, there has been a measles outbreak in the province of Québec. To this date, more than 750 cases have been identified, with two thirds of the cases occurring in the school setting. Some have been confirmed in regions near Laval.
Measles is a serious and highly contagious disease that is contracted by breathing the same air as an infected person. Measles usually presents with a high fever, a runny nose, red and teary eyes, cough and red spots on the body. Measles may lead to major complications, such as a lung infection (pneumonia) or brain infection (encephalitis).
Since vaccination remains the most effective means of protection against measles, the health network, in collaboration with the school network, is undertaking an extensive vaccination campaign in all of the Québec schools. The objective is to vaccinate students and school staff members that have not received the required doses of vaccine or have no proof of vaccination (record or other). In Laval, vaccination will begin in high schools as of mid-November.
Is your family’s vaccination up to date?
• Make sure that all the members of your family are adequately protected against measles.
• Be prepared to bring your vaccination record; you will need it during the vaccination campaign.
To be considered protected someone must be:
• Born in 1980 or after and have received two doses of vaccine against measles on the day of their first birthday or after;
• Born between 1970 and 1979 and have received one dose of measles vaccine on the day of their first birthday or after;
• Born before 1970, even if they have not received any doses of vaccine against measles.
If you have been vaccinated, your vaccination record will contain the name of one of the following vaccines: RRO, M-M-R, M-M-R II, Priorix or Priorix-Tetra, Trivirix, Attenuvax, Rimevax, Rubeovax, Lirugen, M-R Vax, measles vaccine, etc.
No news is good news!
Only the individuals who are not adequately vaccinated or have no valid proof of vaccination will be contacted to receive the vaccine at school. The vaccine is safe and effective.
For all questions about measles, the vaccine and the campaign carried out in the schools, you can consult the website www.msss.gouv.qc.ca/rougeole, or call Info Santé 8 1 1. For any information relating to this operation in SWL schools, we invite you to regularly visit our Website at
Please note that the health and safety of students and staff members are our top priority and that we will continue to keep you constantly informed.